The Importance of Acid, Alkaline and PH in Relation to Your Health

Often times you hear the words alkaline, acid or ph thrown out as they relate to health or nutrition. Who really understands these terms? If you were to be held at gunpoint and told to give the definition of acid, alkaline or ph could you confidently do it? If you were a chemist or botanist then you would have the pleasure of comprehending these commonly used terms. These terms may sound very basic to the ear but they hold extreme value in the area of nutrition.

1. Acid – As it relates to chemistry is any substance that produces positive ions or accepts electrons from a base substance to form covalent bonds. Still sounds foreign right? A better way to help you comprehend the meaning of acids would be to address food items that contain acid or that are acid forming. A common acidic food item would be soda pop. It contains carbonic acid. For this reason it is considered to be “a carbonated drink.” If you know anything about home remedies then you know that soda pop can be used to unclog stuffed toilets and remove rust from a car battery. If carbonic acid can perform these tasks then it is safe to say that it can cause some level of damage to your internal organs. Meat is also acid forming and causes a calcium deficiency. Wherever there is acid present in the human body there must be calcium to help digest or breakdown the acid. As it relates to your health, acid is the bad guy.

2. Alkaline – If I had a dollar for the amount of times that I heard someone say alkaline or alkaline water I would be rich. Alkaline comes from the Arabic word alkali. Alkaline can be defined as a base substance that rates higher than a seven on the ph scale. In the world of health people strive to be more alkaline than acidic.

3. Ph – Acid and alkaline are measured on a scale known as PH or potential hydrogen. Ph is nothing more than a plant’s ability to attract hydrogen ions. Plants need hydrogen to function. If a plant does not have hydrogen then it will not survive. Ph’s involvement with plants is focusing on the relationship between the soil and water. If the environment is too acidic then the plant will not thrive. On the other hand, if the environment is saturated with hydrogen then the plant will still not thrive. The ideal score for a plant’s environment or a human body on the ph scale is a seven.

How do all of these things relate to you and your nutrition? Most individuals consume a diet rich in acid or acid forming foods. What can they do to get their bodies back alkaline? The best thing to do would be to consume a diet rich in plant life. Once you have embarked on your plant-based diet you will want to incorporate alkaline water or alkaline water drops into your diet. Alkaline water will be a crucial piece to your health improvement. After birth, the human body becomes extremely acid over time due to our diet. Alkaline water along with the fruits and vegetables will provide a great cleansing and healing infrastructure necessary to build optimal health.

Lastly do not be afraid of consuming citrus fruits that are said to be acidic. It is true that citrus fruits are acidic but what is often omitted is that they are only acidic outside of the body. The moment acidic fruits become digested by the body they transform into an alkaline-like residue which is great for your body. If you are consistent in the application of these basic concepts you will have every honest expectation at feeling great and living a healthful life!

Keys to Long Lasting Health – How to Maintain an Excellent Health? New Tips

We know that good health is directly linked to healthy food and exercise.

We know a lot about vitamins, minerals and alkaline food.

However, we need to know the main keys for permanent health.

This article is about some inside tips for your health.

It is not enough to know about healthy food or exercise.

It is not adequate to focus on your body and forget about other aspects.

Health is about the combination of all important factors.

It is about the Holistic Approach.

Our health is enhanced by the connection of our mind and body.

Add to this your emotions.

Good health is= Mind+body+emotions.

And even knowing this formula is not enough.

Why?

Because there are many variables & secrets within these 3 main factors.

We have to know about those secrets of: exercise, food and emotions.

Let us examine and explain some secrets about main factors for better health.

Main Causes for Long Lasting Health:

A-Physical Exercise:

The benefits are well known, but do we know how to exercise?

Any physical movement is no doubt good for your health, but you need to know the best way for exercise.

Here are some exercise tips:

1-Exercise for at Least Continuous 30 Minutes. The brain starts releasing endorphins only after 30 minutes of uninterrupted exercise. You need endorphins for your mood and emotional health. Also you need it for your muscles and heart.

2-Do Not Over Exercise: Start slowly and gradually. If you want to run 5 miles/day, start gradually, say at first 2 miles/day, and gradually increase it. Over training can cause the heart to enlarge to an abnormal size which can cause future problems.

3-After Exercising, Drink Only Warm Liquids. Cold drinks immediately after exercise can cause body temperature to drop too quickly. This can lower your immune system and cause flu. The Chinese are known for drinking warm water even during hot weather so as to maintain their energy level.

4-Take at Least One Day off/Week: As your body needs exercise for better health, it also needs rest.

B-Healthy Food:

We know about healthy food such as: fruits, vegetables, yogurt, nuts & beans. Those foods are alkaline and very good for the heart and the blood. They are full of nutrients, vitamins & minerals. However, we need to know how to eat them without health problems.

Here are some eating tips:

1-Do Not Eat Fruits With Any Other Type of Food. If you do, that food will ferment, and you lose all of its healthy ingredients plus some stomach discomfort which will drain your energy. Eat fruit only 30 minutes before, or at least 2 hours after any meal.

2-Do Not Eat Meat With Rice or With Any Starchy Food. This will create indigestion and destroys the ingredients. Meat with beans or wheat products is good.

3-Stay Away From Sugar and Desserts: sugar will feed cancer cells that are dormant in our body. Sugar also lowers the immune system and makes you vulnerable to all kinds of coughs and colds.

4-Do Not Eat Anything While You Are Angry or Under Strong Negative Emotion. That food would become toxins in your body and very likely you would develop either diabetes or high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Under negative emotions or stress, your body releases Cortisol which is called the Stress-Hormone. Cortisol weakens your main organs such as the kidney, heart or lungs.

C- Your Lifestyle:

If you exercise well and eat healthy food, does that guarantee good health?

No.

Because if you have some bad habits, those habits can damage the good effects of exercise & healthy food.

For example, if you smoke 2 packets of cigarettes/day, the nicotine level in your blood would damage your arteries and heart even with good exercise.

Another harmful addiction is drugs. Drugs like cocaine and marijuana can damage brain cells, according to many scientific studies.

Your lifestyle has to match your health.

You have to do what is congruent-not against- your healthy habits.

Some tips for a healthy lifestyle:

1-Go Outdoor: staying too much indoor can promote depression, according to some studies.

2-The Sun: you need to expose yourself to the sun for at least 10 minutes/day. Not only the sun is good for your body and bones because of vitamin D, but it is more important for your mood. The sun is very good for fighting depression. The sun releases rays that are very useful for the hormones. Hormone balance is much more important than vitamins & minerals.

3-Relaxation Techniques: Yoga, meditation and self- hypnosis are all essential for your mental and body relaxation. If you live in a big city where life is fast-paced, you will need to slow down your brainwaves.

These tools can become as important as a necessity. Half an hour of daily Yoga or 1 hour of Chi Kong/day can make a significant difference on your health. My personal experience with Chi Kong taught me that 1 hour/day can increase your energy and boost your health by quantum leaps. Chi Kong will make you healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. The secret is to reach that one hour mark. You can reach it gradually within a month of practice.

4-Adopt Positive Attitudes & Gratitude: Good health has to mix up with good emotions like gratitude. Positive emotions like gratitude or faith can boost your energy and strengthen your body organs.

A Classic Example: Yesterday, George Bush reached his 90-year-old mark. It was his 90th birthday.

In spite of his old age, he is still in good health. He took good care of his body throughout his life journey. He used to run on a daily basis. He kept his mind active. To show his good health, and to celebrate his 90th birthday, he jumped out of a helicopter and parachuted to the ground, yesterday.

I guess not many people can do that even at an earlier age.

Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, said this about G. Bush “He had a remarkable great run of good health and good family and good friends,” he said. “So I know his chief view of life at 90 is one of immense gratitude. He’s very grateful for his parents, he’s grateful for Barbara, he’s grateful for his kids. He knows he’s one of the luckiest guys who ever lived, really.”

You too can become similar to George Bush.

You can enjoy good health for a long time if you take good care of your body, mind and emotions.

Finally: There are many other tips and secrets for good health, but these are among the best.

I will focus on other tips and secrets in other articles.

Air Pollution Causes and Effects on Health

It is now a fact, air pollution effects and causes millions of deaths. Outdoor air pollution effects and causes an estimated 800,000 deaths each year. Indoor air pollution effects and causes an additional 1.6 million premature deaths. Air pollution is the single greatest environmental threat to human health. The situation in Canada is not better, according to the Canadian Medical Association, air pollution causes an estimated 21,000 deaths. In USA, air pollution causes 200,000 deaths each year. The situation will get worse in the years to come.

Nobody is immune and no community is safe from air pollution. There is no doubt now about the devastating effects of air pollution on American’s health. Moreover, from now on till 2031, 7,000,000 Americans will die from long term chronic exposure, year after year, by air pollution. People will die mostly from cardio-vascular and respiratory illnesses, 42% and 11% respectively.

People over 65 years old are the ones mostly affected. This year alone this population segment will count for 80% of premature deaths. Considering the aging trend of the population, it means that there will be an important increase in the future air pollution causes and effects on health damages. There will be an increase also for children and babies with fragile health exposed to air pollution.

MAJOR AIR POLLUTION EFFECTS

The Midwest population, where heavy industries are located, and population of big cities like New-York, will have the biggest share of premature and serious deaths. Rural Regions are also affected because air pollution is dumped in those areas by the wind. Over this death rate increases, other deplorable consequences can be forecast. For example, it is estimated that 180,000 people suffering from air pollution shall be admitted to hospitals, this is an increase of 62% in the last 20 years and, for the same period, the increase for the people over 65 years old will reach 102%.

A truthful evidence that the situation is aggravating. Air pollution causes around 6.000,000 visits to the doctors in 2008. This number should go over 9,000,000 by the year 2031 if the quality of air remains the same during this period of time, this is without mentioning the increase in the Emergency Rooms.

AIR POLLUTION EFFECTS ON ECONOMY

For 2008, the economic costs are estimated to 100 billions and this amount should go up to 3,000 billions by the year 2031, according to the model used by ICAP (Illness Costs and Air Pollution). It is clear now that the climatic changes have a direct impact on the public health and that air pollution should be addressed with adequate public policies.

AIR POLLUTION AND HEALTH SOLUTIONS

According to Dr Becky Natrajan, a well known American Endocrinologist, the only suitable way to alleviate this disastrous impact of air pollution effects on our health is through Nutritional Cleansing. Body cleansing at an internal level is a hot topic, and for good reasons. Body cleansing is more necessary now than ever because we live in a very toxic world: air pollution, herbicides, petrochemicals, hydrocarbons, heavy metals, food additives, synthetic drugs etc…Body cleansing is much more necessary because those toxins can have an adverse effect on our cells, internal organs and state of health. Last year alone, over 20 millions pounds of antibiotics were injected into our farm animals.

Body cleansing is not only a safeguard against air pollution effects on our health but is also more than necessary because many insecticides and pesticides have become part of our food pyramid and these noxious chemicals are mixed with our fruits and vegetables. We are chronically exposed to harmful substances. Finally, body cleansing is necessary because our soils are poisoned with chemicals. Air pollution causes also the foods to be deprived of their essential nutrients-primarily minerals-to perform optimally. The nutritionally bankrupt body is an invitation to illness and disease.